8-3-05 - Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation employees have pulled together and raised more than a thousand dollars for an orphanage in Azerbaijan.
Several OSBI employees serve in the military including agent Jerry Cusic who was called to active duty just days after the attacks of September 11, 2001. He has spent much of his time with the US Embassy in Azerbaijan.
While being in Azerbaijan, Cusic, a Lieutenant Colonel with the army, has witnessed the devastating affects of poverty, and he suggested the OSBI Employees' Association adopt an orphanage. This refuge for parentless children is more of a prison for unwanted, handicapped children of all ages.
Cusic described the deplorable conditions in an e-mail: "In one play pen, about 2 meters by 2 meters in size (I use that term "play" very despairingly since it could only be described as a dying pen) were 9 children lie, nearly starved to death."
After receiving this email, the OSBI Employees' Association contacted several local Albertson's grocery stores for food donations for a benefit hot dog cookout at OSBI headquarters. Friday, July 29, OSBI employees, friends and family paid $5 a plate to raise funds for the orphanage.
On Tuesday, August 2nd, the OSBI Employees' Association, sent a check for $1,153 to Azerbaijan by way of the US Embassy.
"We know this money will make a large impact on the innocent, orphaned children's lives in Azerbaijan. Their plight should serve as a wake up call for us all to the poverty and blight in third world countries. OSBI is proud to make a difference," Jessica Brown, OSBI PIO, says.